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It Was the Power, Stupid!

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

I. Power — Always Was and Always Will Be

In my dumber days, between 2001-2008, I used to wonder why the Left relentlessly hammered the war on terror (e.g., renditions, tribunals, predators, preventative detention, Patriot Act, intercepts, wiretaps, Guantanamo Bay) when these measures had not only proven quite useful in preventing another 9/11-like attack, but had been sanctioned by both the Congress and the courts. In those ancient times, I was not as cynical as I am now. Read more →

Strangers in a Stranger Land

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

Trostky-ization

In ancient Rome, when the emperor or an especially distasteful elite died, his image on stone and in bronze was removed. And by decree there arose adamnatio memoriae, a holistic effort to erase away his entire prior existence. Read more →

Beware of the Mob

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

Our Modern Lynch Mob

Democracies are in general prone to fits of the mob. Just read the Thucydidean account of the debate of Mytilene. Read more →

Syrian Ironies

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The more Bashar Assad butchers Syrian dissidents, the more the world community expresses outrage — while it does little to stop the bloodletting. Why? Read more →

The New Commandments on the Barn Wall

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

Ten Commandments for Our New Century

If you think our quiet lives of desperation can sometimes become a bit much, relax. Here are some guidelines to soothe your frustration — a few commandments that make sense out of today’s nonsense. Read more →

A Post-American World?

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

In a scathing denunciation of Mitt Romney last week, Fareed Zakaria praised Barack Obama for his nuanced understanding of what Zakaria has called the “Post-American World”: Read more →

The Unlearned Lessons of Daniel Pearl’s Murder

by Bruce S. Thornton

FrontPage Magazine

Ten years ago this week, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped by Islamic terrorists in Pakistan, after he had been lured into what he thought was an interview with Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani about the links between al Qaeda and the “shoe bomber” Richard Reid. Read more →

The Perils of Obama’s Foreign Policy

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The mystery remaining about the Obama administration’s foreign policy is not whether it has worked, but whether its failures will matter all that much. Read more →

Another Disgraceful Apology Frenzy

by Bruce S. Thornton

FrontPage Magazine

Two recent news stories about Afghanistan reveal the delusional mentality of those conducting our foreign policy. Read more →

Diplomacy Carterizes

by Victor Davis Hanson

NRO’s The Corner

Reset/Outreach R.I.P

It is not surprising how little foreign policy comes up in the debates, given the sorry state of the economy. Read more →

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